Look and Learn!

Did anyone here ever get to see the magazine for children; ‘Look and Learn’ or are you all too young?

I remember my brothers having it and being absorbed by the pictures, images being an expensive medium you didn’t get to see much back in the day before the Web and image rich media like Instagram and Pinterest.

I got a memory jog when copies of it came up on EBay. They look really retro now. But it was fab to have something so illustrated when books where so expensive.

And it’s also struck me what a fabulous title and approach to learning it was; looking and learning.

Looking, as in observation, is an integral part of becoming educated. Not that schools have that much time for this activity. But parents and home educators do.

We’re actually quite bad at observation, I think. It’s not something that we do much. Looking at things intently has had a poor reputation, not to mention stigmas attached like Nerds who do plane spotting or Twitching!

This needs changing, for observation is the foundation of science; of learning and education. The magazine got it right when they called it ‘Look and Learn’.

Encouraging children to look – really look at the world around them – initiates all kinds of responses and learning opportunities. Whether you’re looking at things near hand in detail, looking to the wider world, looking at others and how they behave, or observing anything that you see, it creates opportunities to talk, question, wonder, maybe find out, research, and it stimulates motivation to take things further.

You could base a whole education on observation. By observing the world and how it works and finding out about it as a result, how it links to other things and what you need to do as a result is a sure foundation to becoming educated.

Look and Learn is a brilliant tag and reminder of such a simple approach to learning you can use at any time, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.

So I reckon that it makes sense to give plenty of time for looking and observation. Learning is bound to be the result!

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4 thoughts on “Look and Learn!

  1. OMG!!! That’s a blast from the past! My parents got Look and Learn for my sister and me all the time back in Malaysia! I loved it so much, and learnt so much more, and found it more interesting than school 😉 Such an apt title. I used to get a magazine called Discovery Box for the boys; it reminded me of Look and Learn. They loved it, and would spend hours with it.

    I’m with you, Ross – looking, observing is something that should be encouraged; it seems like the world is in such a rush these days. I’ve been making a point of taking little detours to enjoy nature in between running errands, and that makes the day so much more enjoyable.

  2. I totally agree – I’ve mentioned this before on here but we would spend ages crouched on the ground watching insects. Apart from it being educational, it is also inspirational and helps creativity too. Happy memories indeed.

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